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Caribbean talent at the 2017 North American International Auto Show

January 18, 2017
Caribbean talent at the 2017 North American International Auto Show DETROIT, Michigan USA – Lights camera, action, while belles of the ball mingled with the metallic chariots the automobile industry had to offer at the 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Some 12,881 patrons attended the charity preview to raise $5 million for children’s...

Top fisheries data expert from Iceland shares expertise with CRFM countries

January 14, 2017
Top fisheries data expert from Iceland shares expertise with CRFM countries BELIZE CITY, Belize (CRFM) -- Through the long-standing partnership between the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the United Nations University Fisheries Technical Programme (UNU-FTP) in Iceland, the university has deployed one of Iceland’s top fisheries data...

Novel Facebook-based survey measures citizen frustration with bureaucracy in the Caribbean

January 13, 2017
Novel Facebook-based survey measures citizen frustration with bureaucracy in the Caribbean WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has launched two studies that show the low regard citizens, including those in Panama and Trinidad and Tobago, have for the quality of public services they receive and how innovation can help make these services...

Islamic terrorists said to raise cash in Caribbean and Latin America to attack US

January 10, 2017
Islamic terrorists said to raise cash in Caribbean and Latin America to attack US MADRID, Spain -- According to a new report released by Spain’s defence ministry, some Latin American and Caribbean countries and islands are hotbeds of Islamic terrorism where groups like ISIS and Hezbollah operate freely and raise large sums of money to finance terrorist activities.

British minister strengthens UK-Caribbean relationship with visit

January 10, 2017
British minister strengthens UK-Caribbean relationship with visit LONDON, England -- Baroness Anelay, the British Foreign Office Minister for the Overseas Territories and Caribbean is visiting the region to further strengthen the UK’s links with the Caribbean. The minister will travel for the first time to Anguilla, St Kitts and Nevis and St Lucia from 8-12 January.

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Nature is the best playground

January 7, 2017
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Nature is the best playground Navigating "Island" Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue: Nature is the Best Playground – Instilling an Appreciation for Nature.

Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism successfully implements sanitary controls project

January 6, 2017
Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism successfully implements sanitary controls project BELIZE CITY, Belize -- The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), in partnership with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) has successfully completed the project “Capacity Building of regulatory and industry stakeholders in Aquaculture and Fisheries...

Relationships: Be careful of the double standards and the doublespeaker...

January 3, 2017
Relationships: Be careful of the double standards and the doublespeaker... Relationship double standards are sneaky and can slip into a relationship without you even noticing. We have used socially constructed 'gender roles' as a way to justify who does what; but have you ever asked yourself if they are fair? Ask yourself: If you don't want to do it (changing diapers...

New non-fiction book website adds 254 Caribbean region related titles in 2016

January 2, 2017
New non-fiction book website adds 254 Caribbean region related titles in 2016 MIAMI, USA -- Readara.com, a non-fiction book website, added more than 250 new book titles related to the Caribbean region in 2016, its first full year of operation. Readers can now find list of all books that were published or reprinted in 2016 broken down into various categories.

In the social media age, how should Jamaica's head of government communicate?

December 31, 2016
In the social media age, how should Jamaica's head of government communicate? KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Just before Christmas, the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) issued a statement, urging Prime Minister Andrew Holness to hold a press conference -- open to all media -- to update the nation on various issues. In a press release, PAJ president Dionne Jackson Miller...

Six ways to get mentally fit for the New Year

December 31, 2016
Six ways to get mentally fit for the New Year With the start of a new year it is important to reflect back on the prior year, assess what went well, what didn’t and decide where you want to go next. It takes a lot of mental toughness, self-love, and discipline to create the life you want. Simply coasting along on cruise control reacting to life...

2016: The year the Caribbean was forced to confront its attitude towards women

December 27, 2016
2016: The year the Caribbean was forced to confront its attitude towards women PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The first regional story that we reported on at Global Voices in 2016 was West Indian cricketer Chris Gayle's on-air come-on to Australian sports journalist Melanie McLaughlin. The very public gaffe immediately jump-started an online discussion about...

CDB and government of New Zealand affirm partnership on geothermal energy

December 21, 2016
CDB and government of New Zealand affirm partnership on geothermal energy BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The government of New Zealand and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) have formally confirmed their ongoing partnership in support of geothermal energy development in the Eastern Caribbean. On December 12, 2016, New Zealand high commissioner...

IMF chief found guilty in Paris trial

December 20, 2016
IMF chief found guilty in Paris trial PARIS, France (WINN) -- Managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde was found guilty of negligence with public money in a French court on Monday in connection with an over €400 million arbitration payout to a businessman when she was France’s...

Coco Reef owner John Jefferis named Premier Hotelier

December 20, 2016
Coco Reef owner John Jefferis named Premier Hotelier HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Bermudian hotelier and developer John Jefferis has been voted the “Premier Hotelier” by the International Caribbean World Awards for his exceptional contribution to the travel and tourism industry throughout the Caribbean. Other previous recipients of the award...

Embattled former USVI senator releases 800-page, cutting-edge etiquette book

December 17, 2016
Embattled former USVI senator releases 800-page, cutting-edge etiquette book ST CROIX, USVI -- Former US Virgin Islands senator and senate liaison to the White House, Wayne James, has just released his highly anticipated etiquette book for men, Manly Manners: Lifestyle & Modern Etiquette for the Young Man of the 21st Century. Published by the iUniverse division...

New York man pleads guilty to sophisticated Caribbean cell-phone fraud scheme

December 15, 2016
New York man pleads guilty to sophisticated Caribbean cell-phone fraud scheme MIAMI, USA -- A New York City resident pleaded guilty on Monday in connection with a sophisticated Caribbean cell-phone fraud scheme that involved compromising cell-phone customers’ accounts and “cloning” their phones to make fraudulent international calls. Farintong Calderon...

New 'safe seafood' laws' regional export rules being readied

December 15, 2016
New 'safe seafood' laws' regional export rules being readied BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CRFM)—The fisheries industry on Wednesday moved one step closer to making the Caribbean fish and seafood trade safer and more profitable when experts met in Barbados to finalise a raft of model regional laws, policies and procedures. The Caribbean region’s...

Relationships: When did sweethearting become the 'norm' of behaviour?

December 15, 2016
Relationships: When did sweethearting become the 'norm' of behaviour? The term “sweetheart” has been accepted for many years now across the Caribbean for a much more painful and oftentimes destructive problem of infidelity. Infidelity has been the cause for divorces, broken homes, and even murder. In fact, infidelity is the only commandment that is...

US Senate passes new Caribbean engagement law

December 14, 2016
US Senate passes new Caribbean engagement law WASHINGTON, USA -- New legislation to enhance US engagement with the Caribbean has now passed both the House and Senate and is headed to President Barack Obama for signature into law. The new law, sponsored by Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), ranking member of the House Committee on...

IMF chief Lagarde goes on trial

December 13, 2016
IMF chief Lagarde goes on trial PARIS, France (WINN) -- The first female managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, went on trial on Monday in a French court for alleged misuse of public funds. The charge of negligence stems from a €425 million payment to a French businessman...

New UN secretary-general sworn-in

December 13, 2016
New UN secretary-general sworn-in NEW YORK, USA -- Sworn in on Monday as the ninth and next United Nations secretary-general, António Guterres pledged to reposition development at the centre of the Organization’s work and ensure that the UN can change to effectively meet the myriad challenges facing the...

The Roads They Walked: The life in leggings horror story

December 13, 2016
The Roads They Walked: The life in leggings horror story It is truly nerve wracking being a woman living in Trinidad and Tobago presently. We are sick, disgusted and tired of the current state of affairs in our country, our homeland. Just recently, two Barbadian friends, Ronelle King and Allyson Benn, started the #lifeinleggings movement aimed at...

EU to boost CARIBBEAN competitiveness by strengthening regional partnerships

December 12, 2016
EU to boost CARIBBEAN competitiveness by strengthening regional partnerships BASSE-TERRE, Guadeloupe -- The INTERREG V Caribbean, a multimillion dollar EU-funded program to strengthen regional partnerships, will be officially launched in Saint Lucia on Wednesday. In addition to boosting the economic competitiveness of the region's countries...

CHTA joins regional support for US-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act

December 10, 2016
CHTA joins regional support for US-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act MIAMI, USA -- The Caribbean must ensure issues of critical socioeconomic importance are firmly addressed with the US Congress and the incoming administration, according to Karolin Troubetzkoy, president of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association. Troubetzkoy commented...

First American fashion designer to showcase designs in Cuba in 55 years

December 8, 2016
First American fashion designer to showcase designs in Cuba in 55 years WASHINGTON, USA -- Kelsy Dominick has marked a place in history by being the first American designer to showcase designs in Cuba since the embargo was put in place in 1960. Dominick was approached by Cuban trade representatives after showing in New York Fashion Week...

Relationships: Got holiday anxiety?

December 7, 2016
Relationships: Got holiday anxiety? The holiday season is a time of tradition, and traditions have a funny way of becoming expectations -- like getting lots of stocking stuffers and spending days on end with family and friends. But what if you are going to spend much or all of the holiday season alone? What’s a person to do?

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